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Kino MacGregor - Be Stronger

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Kino MacGregor is an international yoga teacher, author of four books, producer of six Ashtanga Yoga DVDs, writer, vlogger, world traveller, co-founder of Miami Life Center, co-founder of Yoga Challenge and OmStars and co-creator of Yoga Pro Wheel. Kino’s dharma is to help people experience the limitless potential of the human spirit through the inner tradition of yoga.

She is one of the few people in the world of yoga to embrace both the traditional teaching of India’s historic past and the popular contemporary social media channels. With more than 18 years of experience in Ashtanga Yoga, she is one of a select group of people to receive the Certification to teach Ashtanga yoga by its founder Sri K. Pattabhi Jois in Mysore, India and practices in the Fifth Series of Ashtanga Yoga.

Kino MacGregor’s journey with yoga began in her early twenties when she discovered the transformative power of the practice during a challenging period in her life. Her introduction to Ashtanga Yoga marked the beginning of a profound connection with the discipline that would shape her future path.

Kino’s commitment to Ashtanga Yoga, a dynamic and physically demanding form of yoga, has been a defining aspect of her career. Under the guidance of her primary teacher, Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, and his grandson R. Sharath Jois, Kino embraced the traditional Ashtanga system. The practice involves a set series of postures linked with breath and movement, fostering physical strength, flexibility, and mental focus.

As Kino deepened her own practice, she felt a calling to share the transformative benefits of yoga with a broader audience. This led her to establish her online platform, Omstars, which offers a variety of yoga classes, workshops, and resources. Through Omstars, Kino has made the teachings of Ashtanga Yoga accessible to practitioners worldwide, regardless of their geographical location or experience level.

Kino MacGregor’s passion for spreading the wisdom of yoga extends beyond physical practice. She has authored several books, including “The Power of Ashtanga Yoga” and “Sacred Fire: My Journey into Ashtanga Yoga.” In these works, Kino shares her personal experiences, insights into yoga philosophy, and practical guidance for both beginners and seasoned practitioners.

Through her books and online teachings, Kino aims to demystify the complexities of yoga, making it approachable for individuals at all stages of their journey. Her commitment to education aligns with her belief that yoga is a holistic practice that encompasses physical, mental, and spiritual well-being.

Kino MacGregor’s influence as a yoga instructor extends beyond the digital realm. She conducts workshops, retreats, and teacher training programs worldwide, offering students the opportunity to experience the depth of Ashtanga Yoga under her guidance. These immersive experiences provide a unique platform for practitioners to deepen their practice, connect with like-minded individuals, and gain insights from Kino’s wealth of knowledge.

One of Kino’s distinctive qualities is her commitment to inclusivity and empowerment within the yoga community. She actively promotes body positivity, self-acceptance, and the understanding that yoga is a personal journey open to everyone. Kino’s approach challenges stereotypes and emphasises the importance of embracing individual differences on the mat.

Kino MacGregor’s impact on the global yoga community is amplified through her extensive social media presence. With a significant following on platforms like Instagram and YouTube, she shares daily insights, practice tips, and words of encouragement. Kino leverages social media not only as a means of connecting with her audience but also to advocate for the transformative potential of yoga in fostering personal growth and resilience.

Kino MacGregor’s journey in the world of yoga epitomises dedication, authenticity, and a profound commitment to sharing the transformative power of this ancient practice. Through her online platform, educational initiatives, global workshops, and advocacy for inclusivity, Kino continues to inspire countless individuals to embark on their own yoga journey. As a beacon of light in the yoga community, Kino MacGregor’s influence transcends the physical postures, embodying the essence of yoga as a holistic path towards self-discovery and well-being.

Chapters

00:00 | Trailer
02:21 Brian’s thoughts on the episode
05:48 Brian’s introduction
06:18 The UK’s Yoga scene and what Yoga’s global followers are searching for
10:15 Kino was like many people who realise they are unhappy with their current path
13:35 How can being alone on a rubber mat bring salvation
17:59 Emotional intelligence and wisdom within the body
21:52 Physical yoga practice brings a spiritual aspect
28:51 Being a Jogi 24/7, not just an hour a day on a mat
31:52 Learning to be strong in India with Sri K Pattabhi Jois
44:17 A brief history of yoga and in particular Ashtanga yoga and what to look for in a teacher
53:00 Kino’s downward spiral following “Gurugi’s” death
59:23 How she moved forward towards positivity
1:11:51 If you believe in God do you have to belong to a Christian denomination
1:14:43 Is Kino the most famous yoga teacher in the world
1:15:18 How Kino answers her detractors
1:22:54 Technology both the cause and potential saviour of our troubled world
1:30:11 How Kino deals with haters
1:32:30 Kino’s vision for her future within yoga
1:35:03 What makes a good yoga teacher
1:35:57 Success secrets
1:36:47 Who Kino considers as successful
1:37:08 What we would be surprised to learn about Kino
1:38:35 What scares Kino
1:40:29 What keeps her awake at night
1:41:12 Kino’s relationship advice
1:43:24 How she manages to do so many different types of handstand moves
1:45:14 Kino’s guilty pleasure
1:46:17 Phone call to the Ecstacy addicted 20 year old Kino
1:49:42 How does she look back on her crazy upbringing
1:51:48 Best advice she ever received
1:55:04 Advice to the 20 year old listening who wants to be like Kino
1:55:49 Brian’s summing up.

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